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Suspect charged after man dies in shooting near I-20/59

Published: Mar. 29, 2016 at 12:27 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 5, 2016 at 12:28 PM CDT
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Matthew Wilson is being charged with capital murder in the death of Robert Arwood III (Source:...
Matthew Wilson is being charged with capital murder in the death of Robert Arwood III (Source: Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit)

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - A man shot near I-20/59 along the Tuscaloosa County line has died, authorities confirm.

Investigators add that they believe an unresolved confrontation several weeks ago between the victim and the suspect led to this fatal shooting. That involved a fender bender in a parking lot.

Robert Arwood III was shot Monday afternoon on AL-216 near exit 100 of I-20/59. He was later transported to UAB West to undergo surgery, where he died of his injuries.

Matthew Wilson, 44,  was taken into custody at the scene. He is charged with capital murder in the shooting.

Arwood and Wilson were driving different vehicles at the time of the shooting, according to a news release from the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit.

Police say that one of them recognized the other and they exchanged words.

Once stopped at the intersection, Arwood approached Wilson's vehicle and then witnesses say the two men got into an argument. Wilson then shot Arwood, police said.

"Based on the information we have, the argument didn't last very long. It escalated to a shooting almost immediately," Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit Captain Gary Hood

Physical evidence collected at the scene and witness statements ruled out self-defense. Investigators add that Arwood did not have a gun at the time of the shooting.

Wilson is being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail without bond.

There were about 10 people, including some in the cars of both men, who were nearby when the shooting happened. There are no other reported injuries.

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